Makoto is a really authentic Japanese restaurant. Yes - they serve sushi and sashimi, and the quality of the fish is outstanding - but that's not what makes Makoto unique. Instead its the elaborate Kaiseki meals. Makoto is moderately to quite expensive in the evening, depending on how much fish you order, and Sake can easily break the bank here. But for lunch you can get a sense of the same at an unbelievable bargain price if you order the bento box - this is much more than the box, and is preceded by mussel soup, several small dishes, the bento box with four dishes, good quality rice, followed by miso soup and a Grand Marnier granita, all for $25 and served by waitresses dressed in traditional Japanese clothing, with endless cups of good quality tea, and impeccable, although a bit formal, service. I've been coming here for years and the mussel soup (made one order at a time) and Grand Marnier granita seem to be invariant (and good), but everything else is seasonal, and changes every few months. There are multiple other options available for lunch, most of which are less expensive, and principally expertly grilled fish in place of the bento box, with the same soups and small dishes. To supplement these you can order Sushi and Sashimi, and Sake, but then the price climbs very rapidly. Most people seem to order from the standard menu at lunch. I don't understand how they make money at lunch, and believe there's an element of love driving this service. Reservations are a very good idea, and often they are fully booked on the weekend. You will read from others about the etiquette quirks here; its fine with me and part of the experience.
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